Meet our New CKC Staff Members!

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Photo credit – Michelle Craig

Kelly Bradbury – New AWaH Site Director

Kelly is a former elementary school teacher with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction. After working as a classroom teacher, she became an instructional coach and mentored others to improve teaching strategies and classroom management.  Most recently, Kelly was a Homeschool Teacher. After homeschooling  her daughter for ten years, Kelly enrolled her daughter in 4th grade at Sidener Academy last spring. She also has a five-year-old son, who participates in Art with a Heart at CFI #2.

Fun fact:  Kelly surrounds herself with artists and loves their expressive energy.  She enjoys creating art with children, and admiring the work of artists at museums and galleries, in books, and around the city.

In 2016, Kelly plans to read more books, organize spaces at home, and simplify by purging. She is also the project manager for the creation of supplementary educational materials for an upcoming WFYI documentary, “Attucks:  The School That Opened A City.” Kelly is especially looking forward to collaborating with teachers, volunteers, and students in the AWaH Creative Kindergarten Connections Program.

10635847_10152851905938561_7569031874975287202_nJoanna Ireland – New AWaH Site Director

Joanna graduated from IUPUI with a BS in Psychology and then taught preschool for 15 years at a parent-run cooperative in Irvington. She has 4 children, one of which participated in AWaH’s Creative Kindergarten Connections program. After teaching preschool, Joanna moved on to work for IPS #84 for a year and a half as a Behavior Specialist. During her time at #84, she got involved with us by running a center in the AWaH CKC program. Her youngest son was also participating in the CKC program during that time at his school, “I loved being able to talk to him about what his class did in AWaH that day, and really knowing the program first hand through the work I did at IPS #84,” said Joanna. She fell in love with AwaH; seeing the confidence and enthusiasm it created for her son made her heart sing. Her son has special needs, which makes school a place he doesn’t always feel successful, but in AWaH he always felt successful and he loved coming home to talk about what he learned! She also saw the difference it made for the kids at IPS #84. “Their attention spans were stretched, their fine motor skills increased and confidence in their art ability sky-rocketed,” said Joanna.16226973394_7368de7675_k (1)

Fun facts: She loves volunteering in her two younger son’s classroom and after school events, loves gardening and being outside, is the den leader for her youngest son’s Tiger Scouts pack, and loves game shows!

In 2016, Joanna plans to stay involved in her children’s school activities and looks forward to what the year holds for her new position at AWaH!



What to hear more? Tune into Spotlight Indianapolis on 93.1 WIBC radio this Sunday morning at 5:30AM to hear from Joanna, Executive Director Andrew Lee, and our Marketing and Communications Intern Bridget Woodson! If mornings aren’t for you, click this link to listen to the interview.

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